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29th Jan '17 9:20:30 AM nombretomado
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** One [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] (i.e. after UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, but before the [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]]) story by AlanMoore featured Superman getting infected by a Kryptonian disease. The disease causes hallucinations comprised of two figures, similar to a GoodAngelBadAngel, one of whom thought he should accept it because death comes to us all, while the other one insisted he had a duty to fight it off. The defeatist appeared as an empty suit with glasses hovering above it, and the fighter as an empty Superman costume. Both referred to him as "Kal" and to each other as "Clark" and "Superman". At the end he wakes up, insisting he invented both of them, and [[TakeAThirdOption neither are real]].

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** One [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] (i.e. after UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, but before the [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]]) story by AlanMoore Creator/AlanMoore featured Superman getting infected by a Kryptonian disease. The disease causes hallucinations comprised of two figures, similar to a GoodAngelBadAngel, one of whom thought he should accept it because death comes to us all, while the other one insisted he had a duty to fight it off. The defeatist appeared as an empty suit with glasses hovering above it, and the fighter as an empty Superman costume. Both referred to him as "Kal" and to each other as "Clark" and "Superman". At the end he wakes up, insisting he invented both of them, and [[TakeAThirdOption neither are real]].
25th Jan '17 12:56:38 PM Geoduck
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** Music/DavidBowie has stated in interviews that he's terrified of the possibility of completely becoming [[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars Ziggy Stardust]]. He stopped adopting such specific stage personas in 1977, after -- with the "help" of his cocaine addiction at the time -- the heartless Thin White Duke of ''Music/StationToStation'' came close to consuming him.

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** Music/DavidBowie has stated in interviews that he's he was terrified of the possibility of completely becoming [[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars Ziggy Stardust]]. He stopped adopting such specific stage personas in 1977, after -- with the "help" of his cocaine addiction at the time -- the heartless Thin White Duke of ''Music/StationToStation'' came close to consuming him.
22nd Jan '17 7:48:09 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'', Amber/Amazi-Girl is practically portrayed as on the edge of a full-blown dissociative identity disorder. She has been known to lash out at her {{Secret Keeper}}s for calling her by the "wrong" name, and on one occasion when faced with a choice ToBeLawfulOrGood, decided that Amazi-Girl might have to do the lawful thing[[note]]Inasmuch as punching people you have a grudge against for underage drinking is "lawful"[[/note]], but maybe Amber was allowed to do the good one[[note]]Helping someone she didn't hate who'd been underage drinking - but if Amazi-Girl had done that, she'd have to admit that upholding alcohol law was not the reason she targeted Sal.[[/note]].

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* In ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'', Amber/Amazi-Girl is practically portrayed as on the edge of a full-blown dissociative identity disorder. She has been known to lash out at her {{Secret Keeper}}s for calling her by the "wrong" name, and on one occasion when faced with a choice ToBeLawfulOrGood, decided that Amazi-Girl might have to do the lawful thing[[note]]Inasmuch as punching people you have a grudge against for underage drinking is "lawful"[[/note]], but maybe Amber was allowed to do the good one[[note]]Helping someone she didn't hate who'd been underage drinking - but if Amazi-Girl had done that, she'd have to admit to herself that upholding alcohol law was not the reason she targeted Sal.[[/note]].
22nd Jan '17 7:47:53 AM DaibhidC
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* The first major plot point in ''Webcomic/CodeCrimson'' involves the discovery that the main character is in fact a Secret Identity Identity.

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* %%* The first major plot point in ''Webcomic/CodeCrimson'' involves the discovery that the main character is in fact a Secret Identity Identity.Identity.
* In ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'', Amber/Amazi-Girl is practically portrayed as on the edge of a full-blown dissociative identity disorder. She has been known to lash out at her {{Secret Keeper}}s for calling her by the "wrong" name, and on one occasion when faced with a choice ToBeLawfulOrGood, decided that Amazi-Girl might have to do the lawful thing[[note]]Inasmuch as punching people you have a grudge against for underage drinking is "lawful"[[/note]], but maybe Amber was allowed to do the good one[[note]]Helping someone she didn't hate who'd been underage drinking - but if Amazi-Girl had done that, she'd have to admit that upholding alcohol law was not the reason she targeted Sal.[[/note]].
21st Jan '17 11:45:10 PM infernape612
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* [[AtopTheFourthWall Lewis Lovhaug]] presents this as an interpretation of the ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' episode "[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Fighting Spirit.]]" Dr. Thomas Oliver has been a Power Ranger for a total of five years, with six different power sets and [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers on]] [[Series/PowerRangersZeo four]] [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo different]] [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder teams]], and, especially given that his tenure as a Power Ranger ''began'' as a BrainwashedAndCrazy SuperpoweredEvilSide SixthRanger, might have a hard time figuring out ''who he is'' outside of the context of being a Power Ranger.

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* [[AtopTheFourthWall [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Lewis Lovhaug]] presents this as an interpretation of the ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' episode "[[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Fighting Spirit.]]" Dr. Thomas Oliver has been a Power Ranger for a total of five years, with six different power sets and [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers on]] [[Series/PowerRangersZeo four]] [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo different]] [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder teams]], and, especially given that his tenure as a Power Ranger ''began'' as a BrainwashedAndCrazy SuperpoweredEvilSide SixthRanger, might have a hard time figuring out ''who he is'' outside of the context of being a Power Ranger.



* At times, storylines will cross the line into acknowledging kayfabe and refer to wrestlers losing themselves in their characters. During The Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness phase, WWF did interviews with the McMahons where they refer to him as Mark and worry about what he's become.
* Likewise, they did a series of interviews with Dustin Runnels (who wrestled as Golddust) and his then wife Terri, who went by Marlena in WWF. This led to him leaving her during one interview and becoming the even mor bizarre Artist Formerly Known as Golddust.

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* At times, storylines will cross the line into acknowledging kayfabe and refer to wrestlers losing themselves in their characters. During The Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness phase, WWF did interviews with the McMahons [=McMahons=] where they refer to him as Mark and worry about what he's become.
* Likewise, they did a series of interviews with Dustin Runnels (who wrestled as Golddust) and his then wife Terri, who went by Marlena in WWF. This led to him leaving her during one interview and becoming the even mor more bizarre Artist Formerly Known as Golddust.
21st Jan '17 11:39:30 PM infernape612
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** In the manga version Minako's personality slowly changes during the run of ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', becoming more serious and rather ruthless while sometimes changing back to the original. In the main series it's clear that Minako isn't the clumsy but well-meaning student she once was nor the legendary hero she is is seen as Sailor Venus but something in the middle... But it's still unclear ''what'', as [[StepfordSmiler she's extremely skilled at hiding her emotional pain]] behind a mask of ObfuscatingStupidity.

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** In the manga version Minako's personality slowly changes during the run of ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', becoming more serious and rather ruthless while sometimes changing back to the original. In the main series it's clear that Minako isn't the clumsy but well-meaning student she once was nor the legendary hero she is is seen as Sailor Venus is seen as but something in the middle... But it's still unclear ''what'', as [[StepfordSmiler she's extremely skilled at hiding her emotional pain]] behind a mask of ObfuscatingStupidity.
21st Jan '17 11:38:20 PM infernape612
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* Mamoru Chiba in the manga version of ''Manga/SailorMoon'' can sometimes slip into this. [[ParentalAbandonment The accident that killed his parents]] left him with no memory of them or his life before that point. It's also implied that unlike the Sailor Senshi his [[BadassNormal powers are "on" all the time]], and he doesn't transform, [[ClothesMaketheLegend he simply changes clothes]]. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Any of this sounding familiar?]]

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* Mamoru Chiba in the manga version of ''Manga/SailorMoon'' can sometimes slip into this. [[ParentalAbandonment The accident that killed his parents]] left him with no memory of them or his life before that point. It's also implied that unlike the Sailor Senshi his [[BadassNormal powers are "on" all the time]], and he doesn't transform, [[ClothesMaketheLegend [[ClothesMakeTheLegend he simply changes clothes]]. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Any of this sounding familiar?]]
21st Jan '17 11:35:15 PM infernape612
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* Both Evil Spinnerette and Mecha Maid from ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' refer to their normal names as their "given" names, though Spinnerette still considers her superhero self the fake identity, though that is starting to unravel, as she can no longer comprehend life as a normal human [[spoiler: To the point she'd rather ''die'' then be human again.]]
* The first major plot point in The ''Webcomic/CodeCrimson'' involves the discovery that the main character is in fact a [[spoiler:SecretIdentityIdentity]].

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* Both Evil Spinnerette and Mecha Maid from ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' refer to their normal names as their "given" names, though Spinnerette still considers her superhero self the fake identity, though that is starting to unravel, as she can no longer comprehend life as a normal human [[spoiler: To to the point she'd rather ''die'' then be human again.]]
* The first major plot point in The ''Webcomic/CodeCrimson'' involves the discovery that the main character is in fact a [[spoiler:SecretIdentityIdentity]].Secret Identity Identity.
18th Jan '17 6:00:34 PM bwburke94
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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** Vista mentions in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/sentinel-9-5/ Chapter 9.5]] ([[ADayInTheLimelight her chapter in the Wards arc]]) that she feels less like herself out of costume than in.
** Bonesaw ultimately comes to see the conflict between "Riley" and "Bonesaw" as the conflict between her humanity and her passenger. [[spoiler: After the Slaughterhouse Nine are defeated, she rejects the name Bonesaw and goes by Riley.]]



* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** Vista mentions in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/sentinel-9-5/ Chapter 9.5]] ([[ADayInTheLimelight her chapter in the Wards arc]]) that she feels less like herself out of costume than in.
** Bonesaw ultimately comes to see the conflict between "Riley" and "Bonesaw" as the conflict between her humanity and her passenger. [[spoiler: After the Slaughterhouse Nine are defeated, she rejects the name Bonesaw and goes by Riley.]]
8th Jan '17 3:14:20 PM nombretomado
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** In UltimateMarvel, it was originally explained that their original names were (if you will) "slave names", and their codenames were effectively their new "real" names. (This reflected the continued influence of Magneto's ideology on Professor X even after their breakup.)

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** In UltimateMarvel, ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, it was originally explained that their original names were (if you will) "slave names", and their codenames were effectively their new "real" names. (This reflected the continued influence of Magneto's ideology on Professor X even after their breakup.)
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